Price US $299

Arc'Teryx Venta AR 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Arc’Teryx Venta AR is a light-weight softshell with a touch of insulation. Part of the All-Around (AR) collection, the Venta could be used as a mild weather ski jacket, a climbing jacket, or as a casual around town jacket on a cool fall day.

Arc’Teryx Venta AR Jacket Review

Tester: Matt

Size: L

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Arc’Teryx Venta AR has three different types of Windstopper fabric. This is great for protection from the wind, and still has some decent breathability. Unfortunately it’s only water-resistant, but a solid DWR will help to keep you dry if a light snow does start to fall.

Warmth: The Arc’Teryx Venta AR does have a micro-fleece liner that provides a small amount of insulation. It’s definitely not designed for extremely cold weather, but with the right mid-layer you could use it on some pretty cold days.

Fit: The Arc’Teryx Venta AR has an athletic fit that is true to size. The Athletic fit hugs the torso a bit more than a standard fit, but feels easy to move in thanks to articulated arms and gusted underarms. Although wearing a large in the video, I’d probably opt for a medium if I were to buy this jacket for myself. You probably will want a little bit of room underneath for layering.

Features: The Arc’Teryx Venta AR offers solid windproofing and a DWR for water resistance. It does breathe pretty well, and would make a good piece for backcountry skiers. The inside is brushed with a soft liner, and does add a little extra warmth. The arms are articulated, and the underarms are gusted for better mobility. The Venta AR lacks a hood, and powder skirt, but does have a drawcord hem, and two large hand warming pockets.

Bottom Line: The Arc’Teryx Venta AR is a technical softshell with good protection from the wind, and moderate breathability. It would be a good option for those who want a light-weight ski jacket for mild weather, and won’t see a whole lot of wet snow or rain. The Venta would also make a good around town jacket for mild days.

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Soft Shell

Primary Waterproofing


Outer Layer Waterproofing


Insulation Type

Micro Fleece

Taped Seams


Waterproof Zippers


Hood Type

No hood

Powder Skirt


Jacket to Pant Interface




Meshed Vents


Layer Count

Waterproof Rating


Breathability Rating


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